Attorney General Alan Wilson joins coalition against Biden administration’s Title IX attack on parental rights and women’s sports

September 13, 2022

South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson and 16 other states are fighting the Biden administration’s attempt to redefine the concept of biological sex to include “gender identity” and weaken the protections women have received from Title IX for the last fifty years. Attorney General Wilson and the coalition submitted formal comment Monday to the U.S. Department of Education opposing the changes.

Issued in June, the Education Department’s proposed rule infringes on parental rights and conflicts with the text, purpose, and longstanding interpretation of Title IX.  It would also negatively impact free speech, academic freedom, and campus life.

“This proposed rule would violate the law and it also violates common sense,” Attorney General Wilson said. “Title IX protects students, but this rule would harm students by eliminating single-sex bathrooms and locker rooms, deny equal access to sports for women and girls, and jeopardize their safety. Title IX was designed to protect women from discrimination, not used as a tool for novel social policy. The rule of law requires that Title IX be interpreted according to the intent for which Congress enacted it.”

In addition to South Carolina, this letter, led by Montana Attorney General Austin Knudsen, was joined by the attorneys general from Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Nebraska, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, and Virginia.

Click here to read the full comments submitted Monday.